East Helena Parks and Trails


Prickly Pear Creek flows north from the Elkhorn Mountains through Montana City and East Helena. Prickly Pear Land Trust is working with local, state, and federal agencies as well as landowners to create parks and trails along the creek that serve these communities.


Sevenmile Creek Restoration


Just Northwest of Helena, PPLT owns and manages 358 acres of grasslands and rolling hills along 2.2 miles of Sevenmile Creek. PPLT is working with a host of public and private partners to reestablish the project area as a functioning floodplain, helping this gem reach its full potential for wildlife, water, and education alike.


Tenmile Creek Park


Tenmile Creek Park, owned and managed by PPLT, is a 180 acre property with 3 miles of trail where people’s connection to the land comes first. We are working hard to make the park’s trails and creek accessible and convenient for everyone in our community.

Mount Ascension Backdrop


Over a ten-year period, PPLT, aided by local government, businesses, and individuals secured Mount Ascension and all its trails for public use. Due to this concerted, cooperative effort, Elk can still be seen from Montana’s Capitol building.


Peaks to Creeks Initiative


Through a creative partnership with the U.S. military, PPLT brought conservation from the mountains to where folks live, acquiring and protecting two sizeable pieces of property on Helena’s western edge.


Prickly Pear Creek Fishing Access Site


In 2012, PPLT took a ranch in the Helena Valley, slated to become a 435-unit subdivision, and instead created a refuge for wildlife, a space for agriculture to thrive, and the first fishing access site on Prickly Pear Creek.


NEW! Environmental Education


PPLT believes that open spaces, trails, and a healthy environment are important to everybody and we need all hands on deck to ensure the places we care about are protected long into the future.


Major Accomplishments

This map shows the diverse area where PPLT focused some of its work:

Help us continue to connect people to our land.